From: Helen Kowalski
I am concerned about the recommendations for lowering the percent of moisture in stockpiles of frac sand passed by the Winona City Planning Commission.
I live close to the golf course and drive 6-10 times daily along Riverview Road to downtown. I also wash my car by hand every few weeks. Last summer after the frac sand was piled along Riverview Road I noticed, when washing my car, that there were tiny streaks or scratches on it, mostly on the front of my car. The frac dust along Riverview Road was scratching my car even though one couldn’t see the sand in the air! If this frac dust was scratching my car, think what it does to our lungs when we breathe it in.
Since moisture in the sand keeps the sand from flying in the air, the Commission should require that the percent of moisture be very high. Also all trucks and railroad cars transporting or storing the sand must be covered at all times.
I don’t think that the Commission is doing enough to protect the health of people living close to the mining and transportation of the frac sand.
We should learn from the asbestos fiasco. Fifty years ago asbestos companies and even some pollution control agencies were claiming that the asbestos would not hurt people. Now, after the suffering of many, many people, we know better. We need to protect our citizens from frac sand damage now, by making ordinances that really will work, not what is “acceptable” for the frac sand companies.